Netflix is the devil. I bet many of you have already jumped to that conclusion after wasting a weekend watching season after season of your favorite show, but I have come to this realization myself just know. How? By making the mistake to, once again, watch Buffy. After one episode, I was reminded of how much I love this show and before I knew, halfway through the first season.
You don’t even have to know much about the show in order to know that it features some strong female characters. After all, it’s named Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In fact, Buffy is filled with damsels who are not often in distress, and that is surely one of the reasons why it was such a big hit in the nineties and early 2000’s. My favorite of all these strong, independent women who don’t need saving every damn minute? Willow. Why? Because she’s the best example of how to do believable, yet strong female characters.
Oh feminism, you most challenging of subjects. In our modern, Western world, what is left to fight for in the name of female rights? Don’t get me wrong, I’d be the last to disregard the still impressive gap in wages for men and women of equal station, or the trials women have to endure when trying to combine a career and family, but every time I hear a raging, First World feminist claiming that we still live in a world where women have nothing to say, I get all twitchy and weird. When such a women then proceeds to describe some of the most memorable video games as sexist, I’m ready to spew some verbal flames. Logically, one might argue that a woman like Anita Sarkeesian would be a person I wouldn’t like to have tea with, based on her views expressed on her blog and in her videos. To my great surprise, I would actually like to grab some Starbucks with her, and I actually want to dedicate this post to the defense of her statements.